Please realise what Infinite Power means.
Infinite Power created the stars and maintains them in their courses. Does that give you some conception of Infinite Power? Think it well over, and try to realise it.
Having realised it, you will realise also that it must, of necessity, be more than adequate to deal with your petty troubles and obstacles. If you are honest with yourself, you must recognise that a power that can control millions of planets will not be baffled, let alone beaten, by such conditions as surround you.
So the first thing to do is to get a clear conception of the absolute fact that there is an Infinity of Power available.
Now try, for the sake of practicability, to endow that Infinite Power with a Personality. What is the result? You will at once agree that, if you are going to make use of the Power of this Great Person, you must ask It to do those things which It is disposed to do. In other words, what you ask It to do must coincide with Its own plans.
It would obviously be useless to ask It to do something directly contrary or harmful to Its own work. So the lesson to be learned is summed up in “Thy will, not mine.”
Or if you prefer it another way “My Will in so far as it coincides with Thy will.”
Now that statement, you may say, has limited the Power. Not a bit of it. As far as you are concerned, the Power desires nothing but your Complete and Unending Happiness. Well, surely your desires do not exceed that Statement. You are not such a fool as to desire unhappiness for yourself. So anything that is for your own development and contentment is available.
To proceed to the next point: Get out of your mind once and for all that you are embarking on a lazy life, in which you sit back and everything is brought to you with no effort on your part. Far from it, you have got to work hard and incessantly. Even, when you rest your physical body, devote yourself to that one object. In other words, work at the job of recreation.
Someone may ask “Why must I work? If this Power is Infinite, surely it can do its job without me?” You are quite right. It can do its job without you. But it has certain definite channels for its operations and you are one of them. You cannot expect the Power to do for you what can only be done through you.
In previous sections we have shown that your mind is a part of the great Universal Mind or Power, and as far as you and your world are concerned, you and your personality are the headquarters and distributing centre of the Power.
Do you understand that? If you are not prepared to co-operate, the Power will turn to those who will. But the Power is so infinite that there is amply enough for us all to make full use of it by co-operation—that, in fact, is what the Power itself desires. It wants to recognize itself at work in and through everyone.
So you must be the agent for the Power in your particular sphere.
An Efficient Agent
How can you be an efficient agent? That is the next question.
It is simply answered in three words. Correct Mental Attitude. And it is to this subject that we must most seriously address ourselves from now until the end of this final and main section of the web page.
Your thoughts must all be Constructive.
Now think that out carefully and try to realise its full meaning. On reflection you will find that to have consistently constructive thoughts means cutting out completely all evil thoughts. Envy, hatred and fear are immediately ruled out, and these are but three destructive thoughts on which to commence war.
Guard against Envy.
Whatever anyone else has, you can have, if it really is for your ultimate happiness. The world is full to overflowing with good things. There is plenty for everyone, if you go the right way about it. So, you see, Envy is mere foolishness and small-mindedness. Broaden your mind, and raise your ideals, and other peoples’ possessions will cease to trouble you. If you live a full and healthy mental life, your wants will be supplied and you will be happy and contented.
Guard against Hatred.
It is a valueless thing. If you hate a person, are you made happier by that hate? Of course not. Then why on earth waste valuable time and energy on such fruitless effort?
Guard against Fear.
What are you afraid of?
What is your fear? To be afraid is to be mentally and emotionally disturbed in advance of an incident. What is the result of this state of mind? From a study of Mental Science above we have learned that to fear a thing is definitely to assist its coming to pass, which you must admit is an action of amazing stupidity. Another result of this state of mind is that you have decidedly reduced your powers of resistance.
If I am to have a tough fight tomorrow morning, shall I sit up all night in fear and trembling and greet my adversary with hollow eyes and a wobbly fist? Or shall I sleep soundly and well, and arise in the pink of condition and ready to take on anything ? The reply is obvious.
So, apply to your thoughts this test. Is my thought on this subject constructive or destructive? If it is constructive, take heart and go forward with renewed vigour, knowing positively that Almighty Power is with you. If it is destructive, take yourself in hand severely and change your thoughts. It will be difficult at first and you will be clumsy at it, but eventually constructive thought will become, in an everyday phrase, second nature to you.
Now, when a problem is presented to you, bring your imagination into play at once. In your imagination see the job completed and the problem solved. That is the first thing to do. Why? Because by doing so you present to your subconscious mind a complete and detailed picture of what is wanted, and Universal Mind, the all-Powerful, will know exactly what is required and what must be done to bring that mental picture to materialisation.
Having arrived at your complete, imagined picture, concentrate on it. Do not lose sight of it. Keep on recalling it before your mind’s eye. What is your will for, but to help you do that? Keep saying mentally: “This perfect thing is the job finished, and I am on my way to it.” Allow no doubt or hesitation to creep into your mental attitude. Why should it, when you have Infinite Power at your disposal? Do not be afraid of adopting a direct tone towards your subconscious mind. Avoid mere spineless “wishing,” and vague day-dreaming. The Power is there to serve you and loves to do it because, in serving you, It is hastening on to Its own objective.
And what is Its objective? Nothing less than complete and unending happiness for yourself and the entire human family. And what is Its motivation? Love. For this all-pervading Spirit of Life is Love Itself.
Have you ever sat down to a job and found your mind wandering? Of course you have, but you need be like that no longer if you deal with the tendency promptly and efficiently. Do not sit back wearily and say “I have no powers of concentration.” Of course you have powers of concentration if you control them. When you see your job before you, prompt your subconscious mind with the mental statement “This one job I do,” knowing at the same time that Infinite Power is at your disposal and your mental picture is already complete and the job will be done. Outside events and circumstances will come to your aid in a way that will at first amaze and then delight you.
For some reason, as I am writing these lines I can almost hear someone say “I have much to worry me, and I do worry.” I sympathise. Let us see what can be done.
It is little use me saying “Don’t worry” because that is not a constructive, positive statement. But I Can say “Have faith. There is an infinite Power at your disposal which can and will deal with your trouble for you whether it be through you or through someone else,” Have faith.
If you ring up on the telephone for a taxi to come to your door in an hour’s time to take you to the station, you would not spend that hour in an agony of worry and suspense, wondering if the taxi will come. If you were doubtful about it, you would start to walk. But it is inconceivably stupid to rely on your own legs and powers of endurance when the taxi is coming. Ring up and the taxi will come. That has been very definitely put once and for all. “Ask and you shall receive.” Can any promise be clearer or less ambiguous?
By “ask” it means define your needs. Spend some little time doing that. Select a time in the morning and just before you go to sleep at night for this definite purpose. During that period call up, in perfect imagery, before your mind’s eye, the ideal that is yours. See it actually accomplished. See it perfect. See it complete in every detail. Having secured the vision and dwelt on it, say over to yourself “By the Power which is in me, this thing is actually brought to pass.” Realise the full meaning of the sentence and all that it implies. Appreciate that, as soon as a thing is complete on the mental plane, Infinite Power is instantly at work bringing it about on the physical plane.
Service and Generalisation
Presumably you are going to use Mental Science to ensure for you an adequate supply of happiness, service, peace and love. Therefore you must act as agent for these things and pass them on freely to any and everyone with whom you come into contact, otherwise the stream will be dammed and the flow of Infinite supply will cease as far as you are concerned and will find other and freer channels through which to progress. Get it into your head that to have fresh supplies you must make room by passing on what you already have.
The other aspect is summed up in the word “Generalisation.” In your asking for supply, concentrate on the end, not on the means to the end. Let me illustrate that statement as clearly as I can. Suppose you want money with which to purchase a home of your own for your wife and children. Do not concentrate your mental powers on the money but upon the happiness, peace, and contentment which such a home will bring.
The reason for this becomes obvious if you reflect for a moment. Peace, Happiness and Contentment are your aims, but there may be quite one hundred ways by which they may come to you. All of them are known to the All-Seeing Wisdom of the Infinite Power, and for you to particularise one special way is automatically to close the other 99—any one of which may be, and probably is, much better and more suitable than your way.
Your way has only been chosen according to your very limited powers of perception.
Concentrate on the end you desire to achieve, and have complete faith that a means to that end will be chosen which will be the best possible for you.
How can I make this next proviso sufficiently clear to you?
Realise throughout your whole being that your physical and material self is helpless without the Power. You, as you are; the you that is finite and earthly is completely inadequate and incapable without the aid of the Power.
The Power is yours, but you are not the Power.
Realise the humility inherent in that sentence. Without the Power you are nothing. With the Power you are all-powerful.
Do not lose your sense of perspective. Keep your place in the scheme of things. You are the agent for the Force, not the Force itself.
I cannot urge you too strongly to read over that last paragraph again and again. Therein is the fatal pitfall clearly placed before you. Be warned, and avoid it.
When you secure this sense of humility, you can maintain it by continually giving thanks mentally for the gifts that come to you.
The Power is there. The Power wants you to have your desire. If you have not received it, do not blame the Power, blame yourself.
If there is failure, and you examine the Mental Attitude you held prior to the event, you will inevitably find one of these things.
1. Your desire was not constructive.
2. You doubted the Power’s ability to give you your desire.
3. You have particularised or, in other words, you have wanted things exactly your way instead of the way of Infinite Wisdom.
Those of mankind whose mentalities are in a sufficient state of enlightenment can learn consciously the principles of Mental Science. All must live out the Grand Creed of Christianity.
(Ephesians 2:19-22) So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling place for God.
(The 21st [Century] Revelation 1-7) Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any divide. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life. He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son.”
(The 2nd Genesis 1-3) Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array. By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he ceased from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.
I AM THE POWER OF THE UNIVERSE MADE MANIFEST IN HUMAN FORM
WE ARE ONE.